What if our food would be equipped with a special timer&player, something we should just start when we put our fresh products in the fridge. When the expiration date is approaching and we are not eating or drinking our food, the food itself will start whining and crying to warn us.
We would need nothing more than an adhesive plate or patch equipped with timer&player. The player will start crying and complaining louder and louder as the expiration date approaches. How stopping it? Drink your fresh food! The plate can be re-used on different food packaging for a loooooong time.
Many men use public urinals but are either mindless and splash everywhere or do not know where to aim. The whole idea for this entry is to give them a fun and interesting reason to be mindful in how they use urinals while inducing the proper behaviour. Users will consciously try to fill up the urinal as much as possible because they want to see how much they pee. The target is placed so that the urine hits it at an angle to minimize splashing (usually an obtuse angle works best).
Cigarette Buds are common on the roads. They are seen everywhere, on the streets. I have noticed that after smoking, people generally throw cigarette buds. Sometimes they throw in the dust bin, sometimes on the side of the road or street. My idea is to transform the dustbin into a dart game. When the 'Cig Dart Bin' is designed in the shape of a dart game (as shown in the figure) it would go into the unconscious mind to aim and throw, just to check, how many points do one get. The cig buds hit the points board and fall in the bin below. (Doesn't matter from where
Although most of us like to be physically active, most of us do not consistently exercise. Maybe that's because we don't enjoy exercising as much as other less physically demanding activities such as watching TV. Parkour is a training method founded by David Belle. It can be practiced anywhere – from urban settings, to playgrounds, to nature, and anywhere with obstacles man made or natural.
Submitted by Adam Dunlap
n today's most cities, some bird types are part of that city life. We see them around everyday and mostly ignore them. Especially, in the crowded city centers these half crazy/half brave birds throw themselves under the feet of people in sake of finding something to feed themselves. In winter season, the life gets harder for the birds that are not immigrating. Lack of food and water, they keep dying around the city in harsh weather conditions.
People often leave their offices at the end of the day and forget the lights on. This is bad for the company and for the environment. Think about it: if a person works from 8am to 6pm, the lights should be on for only 10 hours, but if they forget to turn it off, it's on for 24 hours, more than twice the necessary. So, can we solve that problem by making turning off the lights fun? My idea is to have a "polite light" that thanks the person every time he/she turns it off. We could use different voices and different languages to say thank you, found in movies or music.
Enter Mr Potato Peel. This charming fellow is a plastic cover for a collection bucket, with silly face parts that can be added and changed (Mr. Potato Head style). He keeps the food waste out of sight and scent -- and when his mouth door is opened, the lucky composter hears a recording of the words for various fruits and vegetables in foreign languages. Fun AND educational!
Can you get humans to eat healthier food through fun?
It’s always more fun to open colorful packages with loud writing, cool logos and slogans. How can a piece of fruit in the super market ever compete with a candy bar? It can’t! SO….
Imagine lush and colorful shrink-wrappers over bananas, apples and mandarin oranges. Put them right next to the candies, which in the USA are typically in the checkout line to entice last minute impulse buys by children. Guilt and fun I believe will
Men hate throwing out trash. Until you combine a basketball hoop, a garbage can, and a high score together! Add a little sound effect of a cheering crowd that gets louder and louder with every consecutive piece of trash thrown in within a time limit. Maybe even add an announcer - 'He shoots... He scores! The crowd goes wild!
Submitted by Daniel Volin
Many young adults spend a lot of their time playing video games. What if you could actually learna by achieving objectives in games? Instead of only earning points you could also grow in knowledge. The video game industry in general should focus on games being more of a learning platform than a solely entertainment platform. The software should be developed by the gaming console companies and should be entirely open-source, in terms of content that could be incorporated into the games.
Submitted by Vassili Zamjitski
I bolted an ordinary coat rack on busy city street corner in a mid-sized midwestern town. When the weather turned cold i began to randomly hang warm gloves and hats on the rack. These items would be gone by the next day. The coat rack entitled "Hang Your Hat" began to collect usable items from other generous passers by. Yet each item hung on the rack was gone the next day. The idea of putting a piece of furniture on the street brings light to the fact that there are people that live on the streets and are homeless.
Submitted by Ken Peterson
I thought of a sequence of thick tiles, made up of four buttons, each of which gets illuminated when a person stops on it. It could be a system of weight sensors.
The whole scheme could also include a turnstile at the end of the path. The rotation of this turnstile should make the colors, illuminating the tiles, change. All these changes could catch the attention of other people coming.
Bored with your music? Plug your headphones into the radio system and listen to other people's music. Or DJ your own tracks and get talking with other listeners. If someone tunes into to your show, your light flashes. The more people you have listening, the hotter your light's colour. If you like what you hear, why not say hello to your DJ, they're sitting on the same bus!
Submitted by Matthew Venn
To encourage people to recycle, recycling machines need to serve more than their actual function. The Better day recycling machine rewards the user by telling him different kinds of information regarding the amount of recycling done. In Canada, you get back a deposit while returning empty bottles (plastic or glass). While having the cash back through a receipt, the Better day recycling machine speaks out a sentence and prints it out as the usual receipt gets out. From 1 to 5 bottles the user gets a message to brighten his day (You are a wonderful person).
On the front of the machine will be a LCD screen which is touch sensitive. the person inserts a dollar bill and then chooses which oregami figure they would like to have created. each figure may represent different charities. the machine will be filled with pre-made figures. after the person has chosen a figure, two previously recorded arms come into the screen to make the figure. we will add sound effects(kung fu) and speed up the footage to make it more entertaining. after it is created the figure will be dispensed out of the machine, down a small canal which will empty out into a fountain.
Fight children obesity by motivating the children to exercise and save energy. When the children watch TV they do no exercise at all plus the added calories from the junk food they are eating. The TV plugs in to a motion sensor, if the children is moving the TV stays on, when the children stops moving the TV goes off. This way the children exercises and makes it very hard to eat junk food, also they save energy because the TV turns off when no one is in the room.
Submitted by Sofia Sanchez Bocanegra.
We all seem to be in a rush, especially in busy metropolitan areas. In all aspects of this modern life, the temptation to cut corners and take shortcuts is too great. Pedestrians place themselves at great risk when they fail to use crosswalks just to shave a few seconds from their journeys.
Since 1975, over 180,000 pedestrians have been killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States. The majority of pedestrian accidents occur at locations other than intersections. Jaywalking can be deadly.*
So many gloomy faces can be seen nowadays on bus, tram, we can meet angry car drivers and rushing masses on the streets. One smile can break this negative wave. Smiling is good to our body and soul, and it also generates a chain reaction: if you smile to someone, he will instinctively smile back. The theory is that a chocolate automat is working with smile. The core of the automat is a face recognizing software that decides if someone smiles or not. Also with this program only one chocolate per person could be given. Submitted by Edit Tangl.
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Asia, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family.